Ikenna Enwere-Kingsley, a 9-year-old pupil, has emerged the winner of the 16th annual national mathematics competition.
A pupil of Cuddy Kids School, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagosy, Ikenna who won a gold medal, emerged overall winner with a total score of 98.85 percent. He defeated 39,518 candidates who participated in the competition from the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The competition was organised by the National Mathematical Centre in conjunction with Nigeria Tulip International Colleges (NTIC), Abuja, to reward hard work of pupils who devoted time to overcome the phobia associated with mathematics.
According to a statement by the Ogun chapter principal of NTIC, Ercan Yilmaz, Ikenna would get all expenses paid full scholarship with N300,000 cash prize; while his teacher would get N200,000 and his school would get a digital printer and desktop.
“This is certainly a display of academic commitment par excellence which NTIC as a school that rewards hard work would not be tired of doing.
“We believe that pupils who could devote much of their time to the mastery of mathematics, that others in their ignorance, consider a big devil, should be more than amply rewarded,” he said.
The principal who noted that over the years, the competition had been further strengthened and improved in quality, quantity and the spread of participation, also added that pupils who emerged winners from second to seventh position would also get full scholarship from the college while winners from eighth to the twelfth position would get 100 percent scholarship on tuition, among other prizes.
Likewise, he commended the state Universal Basic Education Board in Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, and Oyo for their partnership to further improve participation, organisation and manpower deployments for the competition.